Awards 

Each of these awards represents a success story. They represent elections won, activists mobilized, voters persuaded and contributions given. They represent countless hours of hard work by ourselves and our clients. They aren't just accolades for selling widgets, but, awards for demonstrated and sustained excellence in political and advocacy communication that is changing the world for the better.

AAPC 40 under 40

The AAPC is dedicated to fostering the next generation of political professionals and is proud to recognize leaders and innovators in the political business community (including media, advertising, polling and public affairs) who are making a mark in their organization and their profession.

BuzzMaker's AAPC 40 Under 40:

  • Matthew A. McMillan (Class of 2016)

Rising Stars

Campaigns & Elections has a long tradition of recognizing the best and the brightest in the political industry. It's a tradition that is anchored by their annual Rising Star award. Since 1988, C&E has honored up-and-coming campaign pros with Rising Stars and over the years recipients have reached the heights of the campaign business.

David Axelrod, James Carville, Alex Castellanos, Ben Ginsberg, Hal Malchow and Mark Mellman are among the inaugural class of Rising Stars crowned in 1988. C&E Rising Stars have served in senior positions on the presidential campaigns of every major party nominee since 1992.

BuzzMaker's Rising Stars:

  • Victor Richardson (Class of 2013)
  • Matthew A. McMillan (Class of 2006)

The Rachel Maddow "Award"

On 17 August 2011, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow highlighted our work in a five minute segment. At the end of the piece, she said of our work, "That's the political tactical innovation of the day. I don't give awards, but, if I did, you'd win that one."

Pollie Awards

Known as the "Oscars of Political Advertising," the Pollie Awards are the national showcase of political and public affairs excellence hosted each year by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).

Overall Online Campaign & Fundraising Pollies

  • Gold, Best Use of Internet Fundraising - U.S. House (2014)
  • Gold, Best Use of Negative/Contrast in an Internet Public Affairs Campaign (2012)
  • Silver, Best Use of Negative/Contrast in an International Campaign (2014)
  • Silver, Best Use of New Technology in an Internet Public Affairs Campaign (2012)
  • Bronze, Best International Internet Campaign (2016)
  • Bronze, Best Overall Candidate Internet Campaign (2013)
  • Bronze, Best Use of Email Fundraising - Democrat (2013)
  • Bronze, Best Online Independent Expenditure Campaign - State Legislative (2013)
  • Bronze, Best Use of Online Fundraising - Democrat (2012)
  • Bronze, Best International Candidate Internet Campaign (2010)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Overall Public Affairs Internet Campaign (2012)

Online Advertising Pollies

  • Gold, Best Online Advertising for a Democratic Gubernatorial Campaign (2013)
  • Silver, Best Use of Pre-Roll Advertising - Democrat (2013)
  • Silver, Best Use of Facebook Advertising for a State/Local Internet Public Affairs Campaign (2012)
  • Bronze, Best Use of Internet Advertising - State Legislative/Local (2014)
  • Bronze, Best Use of Online Advertising for a Democratic U.S. House Campaign (2013)
  • Bronze, Best Use of Facebook Advertising - Democrat (2013)
  • Bronze, Best Use of Facebook Advertising for a Local Democrat (2012)
  • Bronze, Best Local/Regional/Municipal Candidate Online Advertising Campaign (2010)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Use of Facebook Advertising for a State/Local Internet Public Affairs Campaign (2012)
  • Honorable Mention, Best U.S. Senate Candidate Online Ad (2007)

Traditional Media Pollies

  • Silver, Best International Candidate Campaign Radio Ad (2011)
  • Bronze, Best International Candidate Campaign Radio Ad (2012)
  • Bronze, Best Candidate Campaign Logo (2010)

Social Media Pollies

  • Silver, Best Facebook Page - Democrat (2013)
  • Silver, Best Facebook Strategy - Democrat (2013)
  • Bronze, Best Facebook Page (2012)
  • Bronze, Best Facebook Application (2011)
  • Bronze, Best Blog - Ballot Campaigns (2009)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Facebook Page (2012)

Website Pollies

  • Silver, Best National Organization Website (2013)
  • Silver, Best Democratic U.S. Senate Campaign Website (2013)
  • Silver, Best Landing Page for a State/Local Organization (2013)
  • Silver, Candidate Website Landing Page (2011)
  • Silver, Best State/Local Organization Website (2011)
  • Silver, Best Statewide (Non-Gov) Candidate Website (2007)
  • Silver, Best Local Government Website (2006)
  • Bronze, Best National Public Affairs Organization Website (2013)
  • Bronze, Best Landing Page for a Democratic U.S. House Campaign (2013)
  • Bronze, Best Website Landing Page for a Local Democrat (2012)
  • Bronze, Best U.S. House Candidate Website (2007)
  • Bronze, Best U.S. House Candidate Website (2005)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Use of Negative/Contrast in a Website (2013)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Public Affairs Landing Page - Nationwide (2013)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Website, State/Local Organization (2012)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Statewide (Non-Gov) Candidate Website (2011)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Candidate Landing Page (2010)
  • Honorable Mention, Best U.S. House Candidate Website - Democrat (2009)
  • Honorable Mention, 'Shoulda Woulda Coulda' Website (2008)

Reed Awards

Sponsored by Campaigns & Elections magazine, the Reeds recognize excellence in campaign management, political consulting and political design.

  • Winner, Best Automated Call for a Statewide or Special Election Candidate (2016)
  • Winner, Best Spot that Could Never Appear on Our Public Airways (2014)
  • Winner, Best Fundraising Program (2013)
  • Winner, Best Advertising for Grassroots Mobilization (2012)
  • Winner, Best Website: Congressional (2011)
  • Finalist, Best Fundraising Email Creative / Copy (2016)
  • Finalist, Best International Use of Outdoor Advertising (2016)
  • Finalist, Best Use of Social Media Targeting (2015)
  • Finalist, Best Use of Social Networking Technology (2015)
  • Finalist, Best Collateral Item or Sign (2014)
  • Finalist, Best Use of Viral Marketing (2014)
  • Finalist, Best Yard & Outdoor Signs (2014)
  • Finalist, Best Website: Statewide Candidate (2013)
  • Finalist, Best Online Advertising Targeting (2012)
  • Finalist, Best International Campaign Website (2012)
  • Finalist, Best Use of Email / Viral Marketing (2012)
  • Finalist, Best Use of Social Networking Technology (2012)
  • Finalist, Best Online Fundraising (2011)
  • Finalist, Best International Campaign Website (2011)

The Goldies

The Goldie Awards recognize excellence in political practice and communication. Democrats are recognized with a Golden Donkey. Republicans are recognized with a Golden Elephant. Non-Partisan and International entries are recognized with a Golden Eagle.

  • Golden Eagle, Video Pre-Roll Ad: Candidate - International (2016)
  • Silver Donkey, Automated Calls: Candidate - Congressional (2016)
  • Silver Donkey, Digital/Internet: Fundraising Tactics (2016)
  • Silver Eagle, Radio: International (2016)
  • Silver Eagle, Social Media/Digital Ad: Candidate- International (2016)
  • Silver Eagle, Website: Candidate - International (2016)